Saving Our Sanity:
Living SimPLy in Chem-
Who Turned Out the Light ?
There is a movement underfoot in the world. Like a wildfire slow to catch, food production concerns all over the globe are going back to natural process, rediscovering time and again how simply allowing our Mother Earth to do Her job puts the quality back into our Earthcare, and the wow into our food.
Life Becomes a Practice
Perhaps by now most of you are quite familiar with the term permaculture, which refers to producing human lifestyles and biologic environments which follow the logic of Universal Light-
Probably there are a good number of you reading this who are quite practiced in the principles, and could show me a thing or two. Let’s hope. But do we wonder why this term, this philosophy, and the exuberant growing network of mindfully-
I believe the term peace exists because there is war. Love exists as a word, because we are aware of nastiness, poor because of rich, and so on. Bill Mollison was free to coin the term “permaculture” and we the community would embrace it, because lately we haven’t been working with natural ecosystems as an overall planetary culture.
In earlier days, there would have been no need for a word to describe what everyone was doing-
Now, living in natural, sustainable, philosophy-
The difference between producing food holistically with a total-
This means having the source nutrients near at hand as feedstock for a local food chain, in a reliable and repeatable cycle of growth, consumption, and decay.
Cheap Easy Quick
Ever look at a bag of chemical fertilizer, and see a series of three numbers, like 10-
NPK is the accepted three-
You may elect to add more basic minerals to the chemical diet of your growing medium (soil), but we know that for the majority of edible plants, as long as the Big Three are in place, your planted seeds will grow up to become crops.
SO WHAT? I mean, crops grow, fruit is picked, people eat-
I look to this analogy. Suppose you were considering programs to lose weight, and you had two choices. The permaculture program might hand you an address to the nearest farmer’s market, putting you on scrumptious organic and low-
The chemical program would let you sit on your sofa and watch sitcoms while you swallow fat-
What NPK fails to take into account, is the total web of Life, the complex system of exchanges between the plant and all aspects of the environment surrounding it. We have learned from delving into DNA, and in Quantum research, that nothing is truly defined in this world until its environment has also been included in that definition. We have also learned that we have a lot more to learn about this.
No man is an island? Well neither is a plant.
So then...why would we choose a program that neglects quality, if the results reveal such an obvious difference? Take a journey with me, if you will, back to the mid-
To fully understand NPK is to know the story of the global shift from natural farming to chemical agriculture contrivance, and we take you now to the region we know as Germany, to the eminent chemist Justus von Liebig.
The Champion of NPK
It seems Justus burned some plants one day, and the ash was made up of nitrogen, phosporus and potash, or potassium carbonate. Justus thought he was looking at the only three important elements necessary to plant growth and well-
Justus von Liebig
The Father of Chemical Torture
Meanwhile, smoke rises off in the horizon from the laboratory of Friedrich August Kekulé, one of Justus's disciples, and the father of chemical structure theory. If you ever had to wallow in the gruesome torture of the frigid formulae and counterintuitive constructs of chemistry in school, August was the one who put you through it.
It seems August had a dream one afternoon of a snake eating its own tail, from which he derived a fascinating phenomena. He intuited that the molecular configuration of benzene was ring-
August further found that by forcing the additions of hydrogen, carbon and other elements to existing substance rings, hence 'chaining' those substances, one may create a whole new substance with new uses.
This hydrocarbon ring and chain technology opened the way for unbridled development, as Christopher Bird put it, "in what amounted to a heyday for sorcerer's apprentices".
Enter one IG Farben, the first truly multinational conglomerate, and the beginning of the modern military-
Picture this epic industrial scenario. New technology is discovered and test tube creationism births a myriad of new substance. Factories are built to manifest the technology into household and commercial business, and oodles of funding is provided to surge this momentum forward.
And the story does not just stop at the furrows. This same technology goes on to create allopathic medicine (pharmaceuticals), cheap explosives and large-
The Culture Factor
One problem not often considered on a mass scale is, the fallacy of logic or "common sense" being able to stand it's own ground, as a basis for improvement. I have heard untold times, people sitting around and arguing their logical truths, incredulous that the "world" has no common sense, and cannot seem to see the better solution.
Consider in this case that the "world" does not run on your logic, and may not be as large as one assumes. There are by now in our current timeline huge industrial concerns all over the globe, which do business as they do, and have hundreds, thousands, even millions of employees and subsidiary dependents, all working with those technologies and practices handed to them by their corporate benefactor.
Many of these technologies are built upon the legacy of those NPK discovery days. And the folks that really make sweeping decisions, determine ultimately what paths this human world shall take, are a relatively small bunch.
Do you think for one moment, that Big Oil for example, will just give up their exalted social stations and the fossil fuel cash-
The result, sadly enough, has often been that the world ends up with one less genius. Wilhelm Reich, Nikola Tesla, Aaron Russo, Stanley Meyer, John Searle, Preston Tucker…AND the myriad roll call of those doomed gifted benefactors we never met.
It's the same nefarious game of lord-
Maximize Profits, Regardless of Consequence.
Sloganed advertisements, contrived and clever public communication, government subjugation and the like, all add up to the MAJORITY of populations not only accepting the status quo, but at times becoming the front-
Societal pitchpersons, thought-
Plaintiffs are assigned labels which award the guardians safe harbor; recent selections include hippie, rebel, cynic, liberal, conservative, left/right winger, delusional-
THIS is the peered voice of Culture. It sits in your living room, works in your office, shops in your market. More effective than a presidential speech, local newspaper, web blog or fashion magazine. And all of them just as concerned and speaking their own truth as you are, in this gorgeous enraging Free-
Majority Influence Rules
The power of Culture. It has also captured each one of us readers, to varying degree. We argue that we are free of all that control, that carcinogenic mind-
We are human, all have resident fears and blockages that have become our worst enemies when truly pressed. I can submit culture-
This coherence is not achieved in group thought, rather it is an individual, one-
Their primary job in order to maintain status quo, is to prevent YOU from discovering that fact. In all cases, status quo is defined by majority influence. This is not always majority numbers, if the numbers do not believe their own power.
Again friends, THAT is quite another story.
Quality Back In Control
Now we’re back, and we’re learning together on the Web. The history lessons of old-
That base philosophy might include how we treat our precious planet and our neighbours in common trust-
I believe we’ve had our fair experiment with hydrocarbon technology, and found that it didn’t work out as planned. Somewhere along the line we lost sight of quality, we were seduced-
Time to move on, then. We are now witness to a great shift forward to the Past. Permaculture and natural process-
I believe that providing ourselves with anything less than the finest quality possible-
SimPL designer environmental engineer world wandering wordweaver
…where to from here
Learning the Real Deal-
using the simpl, easy Ladakhi closed-
continues the muse on culture, rise and fall cycles of groupwide passion and the veils of culture.
'We are Beings of Light'-
The personal conclusions on light concept and science, what we know on what we have in us, and where to now, St. Peter. also my self-
Christopher Bird, Peter Tompkins:
Secrets of the Soil
The Secret Life of Plants
Bill Mollison, David Holmgren:
Introduction to Permaculture
on August Kekule:
The Farm Ecovillage Training Center, Summertown, TN, USA:
Allpa Janpirina Ecological Institiute, Tumbaco, Ecuador:
The Future of Food
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret